Origin of plumber
adjective Also plum.
adverb Also plum.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of plumb
Synonyms for plumb
Examples from the Web for plumber
Contemporary Examples of plumber
The NRA and Joe the Plumber view dead Americans as an acceptable loss so that they can have easy access to guns.It’s Time to Think Big or Shut Up on Gun Control
June 8, 2014
Then there was the statement I saw this week from “Joe the Plumber.”Joe the Plumber’s ‘Dead Kid’ Callousness
May 29, 2014
Anyone who has ever tried to get a plumber in Paris at that time of the year will know what I mean.Simon de Pury: Visiting 16 Studios of Los Angeles’s Top Artists
Simon de Pury
August 27, 2013
When a leak springs in her bathroom and she has to pay a kingly sum to the plumber, she Googles “how to get cash quick.”The First Great Internet Novel
July 13, 2013
The son of a Scottish plumber and raised in North London, Rod Stewart was obsessed with two things: football and R&B.11 Best Bits From Rod Stewart’s New Autobiography
The Daily Beast
October 22, 2012
Historical Examples of plumber
(f) When a blacksmith, tinsmith, or plumber have tried to repair a case, Fig. 189.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Why, a plumber would be ashamed to take as long as that over a job!Diary of a Pilgrimage
Jerome K. Jerome
It is below the dignity of my page to put a plumber on it, yet I have endured occasions!Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
You had better return to Plumber, or Saint George and the dragon.
You saw the fellow who let you in at the school gates, Plumber?
Word Origin for plumber
adjective Also: plum
adverb Also: plum
Word Origin for plumb
late 14c. (from c.1100 as a surname), "a worker in any sort of lead" (roofs, gutters, pipes), from Old French plomier "lead-smelter" (Modern French plombier) and directly from Latin plumbarius "worker in lead," noun use of adjective meaning "pertaining to lead," from plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)). Meaning focused 19c. on "workman who installs pipes and fittings" as lead water pipes became the principal concern of the trade. In U.S. Nixon administration (1969-74), the name of a special unit for investigation of "leaks" of government secrets.
"lead hung on a string to show the vertical line," early 14c., from Old French *plombe, plomee "sounding lead," and directly from Late Latin *plumba, originally plural of Latin plumbum "lead (the metal), lead ball; pipe; pencil," a word of unknown origin, related to Greek molybdos "lead" (dialectal bolimos) and perhaps from an extinct Mediterranean language, perhaps Iberian.
"perpendicular, vertical," mid-15c., from plumb (n.). The notion of "exact measurement" led to extended sense of "completely, downright" (1748), sometimes spelled plump, plum, or plunk.